English trainer Charlie Appleby expects his Melbourne Cup winning Cross Counter to prove “very hard to beat” in Saturday’s Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan.
The four-year-old will be a hot favourite to make a winning return, on what will be his first competitive appearance since becoming the first British-trained horse to win the Flemington showpiece.
Appleby said: “This will be his first start of 2019 and we are looking forward to it. The horse has wintered well and his preparation has gone well.
“He is a proven stayer at the trip and if he brings his A-game to the table, he will be very hard to beat.
“We felt he came out of the Melbourne Cup really well. He only travelled back to Dubai and not to England, so he didn’t have such a long haul back.
“He has had all winter on the easy list, but we have freshened him up well and he has taken the travelling well.
“We have sat a bit on the fence as regards targets all winter, as we didn’t know how he was going to take all the travelling. Read More …